Machu Picchu is the climax after the Lares Valley Trek

Max Krieger, of Vermont, USA, culminated his small group Lares Valley trek with an early morning arrival to Machu Picchu.

He had left his fancy Canon camera in Lima, so he picked up a FujiFilm FinePix C10 for under $70 in Cusco and came back with some great photos.

Culminate a luxury, small group Lares Valley trek with an early morning arrival to Machu Picchu


“The fast moving shroud of mist flowed close above the ground of the semitropical ridge, which is saddled between two spectacular mountain peaks. The fog burned off as the sun rose and we were able to see down to the Vilcanota River in the deep gorge below.”

Fast moving shroud of fog wafts through Machu Picchu ruins


“The morning fog, wafting over the ruins, added to the ambiance of mystery and ancient lore. It was a really beautiful natural spectacle that I’ll never forget.”

The 4- to 5-day Lares Valley Trek is a popular alternative to the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and for many more rewarding. It’s wide open, not crowded with fellow hikers. You have spectacular views of  the snow topped peaks of Chicon, Pitusiray, Sawasiray and Veronica as you hike past  glacial lakes, waterfalls, high plains and hot springs. You also have an opportunity to meet local people in their beautiful Andean hamlets and villages.

Nevado Sawasiray


Nevado Sawasiray seen from the Cuncani campsite.



We came across this black llama. Below was an Andean hamlet with agricultural terraces and a cascading waterfall.

Alpaca grazing in the Chancachacan Valley

Alpaca grazing on the rocky mountainside.

Local villagers lead a line of horses carrying thatch.

We met this couple with their line of horses carrying bales of thatch.

The Lares Valley trek takes you off the beaten path, over high Andean passes, past azure mountain lakes and beautiful waterfalls, through Andean villages, and culminates with a guided tour of Machu Picchu.
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Authored by: PeruTravelTrends

A Peru Tour Operator and Travel Agency: Since 1994 creating wonderful vacation experiences for adventure travelers and holidaymakers in Cusco, Lima, Arequipa, Lake Titicaca, and all around the Andean region.

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